Burton Albion confirm Gary Rowett leaves to manage Birmingham City

Burton Albion have said that manager Gary Rowett has left the club in order to take up the post as manager of Birmingham City

Burton Albion have confirmed that manager Gary Rowett has left the club to take up the role as Birmingham City following the dismissal of Lee Clark last week.

Rowett will take over a side that is looking to bounce back from an 8-0 home defeat at the hands of Bournemouth at the weekend, with City currently second from bottom in the Championship - two points from safety.

A statement on the Burton Albion website confirmed that Rowett will take three members of his backroom staff with him to St Andrews. Kevin Summerfield, Kevin Poole and Mark Sale will all join Rowett as he looks to turn around the side's fortunes.

Burton Albion chairman Ben Robinson told their website: “After the success Gary has achieved at Burton Albion over the last three years it was inevitable that there would be interest from other clubs. Gary is an ambitious young manager and the offer from one of his former clubs playing Championship football was one he wanted to take. We wish him well and thank Gary and his coaching team for what they have done for the club.”

Rowett played for Birmingham between 1998 and 2000, making 86 appearances for the club, scoring six goals. 

It was widely anticipated throughout the day that Rowett would accept the post today, with the Birmingham Mail reporting that the 40-year-old was discussing contract details today before an official announcement was made. 

An announcement was subsequently made on Birmingham City's website.

The club director, Panos Pavlakis, said: “I’d like to formally welcome Gary ahead of the start of a new era for Birmingham City Football Club and I trust all supporters will join me in giving their full backing to our new manager and his backroom staff.

“The Board fully understands supporters’ frustrations during what has recently been a very difficult period for the football club. As a result, the Board will endeavour to improve communication with our loyal supporters moving forward.”

Rowett's first game in charge of the side will be a West Midlands derby match against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday when the club travels to Molineux in the lunchtime kick-off.

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